Each Monday, our weekly music news bulletin brings you the major developments in the music world from the past seven days, and looks ahead to the coming week's key new albums.
This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, August 23, unless otherwise indicated. Click on any LISTEN link to listen to a free, streaming version of the entire album (typically, available only during the week of release); streaming links go to AOL Music unless otherwise indicated.
- 400 Blows, Sickness & Health
- Active Child, You Are All I See LISTEN
- Zee Avi, Ghostbird LISTEN
- Black Tide, Post Mortem
- Wyatt Cenac, Comedy Person - Comedy album
- CSS, La Liberación - Members of Ratatat and Primal Scream guest LISTEN
- Darondo, Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions
- Gabe Dixon, One Spark LISTEN - Solo debut; Alison Krauss guests
- Ana Egge, Bad Blood LISTEN - Produced by Steve Earle
- Emerson Lake & Palmer, 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert [DVD/Blu-ray]
- The Exploding Boy, Afterglow
- Game, The R.E.D. Album
A staple of our annual music preview articles, Game's RED Album is finally arriving in stores this week after a two-year delay (and ten different release dates). The rapper's fourth LP is narrated by Dr. Dre, who also shares production duties with Mars and others. Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Tyler the Creator, Lil Wayne, Nelly Furtado, and Big Boi are among the guests.
- Ganglians, Still Living LISTEN
- Goldie, Fabcriclive 58
- I Break Horses, Hearts - Debut album from Swedish duo
- Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Mirror Traffic
The fifth post-Pavement LP from Stephen Malkmus marks the first collaboration between Malkmus and Beck, who produced the record. While it's not brilliant all the way through, there is an abundance of good songs here, according to early reviews.
- Stephin Merritt, Obscurities LISTEN
This collection of hard-to-find and previously unreleased outcasts dating back to the mid-1990s features tracks from nearly all of the prolific Merritt's many projects, from Magnetic Fields (including a 70th track excluded from 69 Love Songs), Gothic Archies, and The 6ths. Also included are a handful of cuts from Song From Venus, an aborted science fiction musical penned by Merritt and Daniel Handler.
- Pusha T, Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray EP
- Retox, Ugly Animals
- Rivulets, We're Fucked
- Selah, Hope Of The Broken World
- Connie Smith, Long Line of Heartaches - Country singer's first new album since 1996
- Patti Smith, Outside Society LISTEN - Remastered singles collection
- Dave Stewart, The Blackbird Diaries LISTEN - Guests include Stevie Nicks and Martina McBride
- Barbra Streisand, What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics of Alan And Marilyn Bergman - Deluxe edition includes bonus CD
- Sun Araw, Ancient Romans
- Sunny Sweeney, Concrete
- Various Artists, Muppets: The Green Album LISTEN
This new compilation features a dozen indie and alternative artists taking on classic tunes from the Muppets canon. The set includes performances by Weezer, OK Go, My Morning Jacket, Sondre Lerche, and Andrew Bird.
- Various Artists, O Brother Where Art Thou OST - 2 disc deluxe reissue w/ 12 new tracks
- Yesterday's Youth, Banned in Cap City
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Due September 6, the new album In the Grace of Your Love by The Rapture is now streaming in its entirety on Vimeo.
- The Weeknd has a free, nine-song EP titled Thursday available for download at his official site.
- Listen to the new Big K.R.I.T mixtape Last King 2: God's Machine, featuring Yelawolf and Bun B, at Soundcloud.
- David Guetta has a new album (Nothing But the Beat) out next week; some versions will come with a bonus 5-song EP called Electro, and you can listen to the latter in its entirety at Spin.
- Stream Tassili, the new album by Tinariwen, in its entirety at NPR this week prior to its release next Tuesday.
- Primus ends an 11-year recording break next month when the band releases Green Naugahyde; stream the first song, "Tragedy's A'Comin," at Spin.
- Preview "Gene Ciampi," another new track from the upcoming Twin Sister album In Heaven, at Soundcloud.
- Future Islands will release On The Water on October 11 via Thrill Jockey; download the track "Balance" at Stereogum.
- Grab an MP3 of "Amen" by Pusha T (featuring Kanye West and Young Jeezy) at the G.O.O.D. Music Blog. It comes from this week's new EP Fear of God 2.
- CANT is the new solo project from Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor; Pitchfork is streaming the track "Believe" from CANT's upcoming debut Dreams Come True, due September 13.
- Rolling Stone is streaming a new track by Ben Lee. "Get Used to It" is taken from Lee's October 11 release Deeper Into Dream.
- Okkervil River have just released "Your Past Life As A Blast" as a single; download the title cut as a free MP3 at Stereogum.
- In recent years, Converse has been grouping three artists together to record a series of one-off tracks. The latest is "I'm a Goner," featuring the unlikely trio of Matt & Kim, Andrew W.K., and Soulja Boy. Listen at the Converse website, where you can also watch the video.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Drum Solo Week: Tony Royster Jr. (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Drum Solo Week: Gavin Harrison (Letterman), Lenny Kravitz (Tavis Smiley), Amos Lee (Craig Ferguson)
- Wednesday: Drum Solo Week: Stewart Copeland (Letterman)
- Thursday: Drum Solo Week: Dennis Chambers (Letterman)
- Saturday: Jason Aldean (Palladia's Invitation Only)
- Sunday: 2011 Video Music Awards (MTV, 9p ET)
Recent artist and industry news
- Last week, Katy Perry became just the second person in the 53-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to send five songs from the same album (Teenage Dream 52) to No. 1. The only other person to accomplish the feat was Michael Jackson, with Bad. - Billboard
- Rapper Common has written a memoir; One Day It'll All Make Sense is out September 13 from Atria Books. Details at Amazon.
- The ever-creative David Byrne has created screenshots of fake iPhone apps for an upcoming "Social Media" exhibition at The Pace Gallery in New York; preview the likes of Weaselface ("adds snark and satire to any written text—including the Bible!") at Boing Boing.
- Rock legend Patti Smith is collaborating with Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, Hugo) to adapt her recent memoir Just Kids to the big screen. -Deadline
- Comedian Aziz Ansari is in the process of illustrating Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne; you can see some of his comics on Ansari's tumblr.
- Speaking of Watch the Throne, the album broke the iTunes Store's one-week U.S. sales record, racking up about 290,000 downloads in its debut week. - Billboard
- The new musiXmatch iOS app will scan your iTunes music library and let you view lyrics to songs as you listen to them, as long as the track is included in the app's 5.5 million song library. - Mashable
- Rolling Stone has ranked rappers according to recent album sales, YouTube views, and other numeric criteria; coming in first place is Eminem, whom the magazine has crowned the "King of Hip-Hop."
- Liam Gallagher is suing his brother Noel for libel stemming from a comment the latter made about a canceled Oasis concert. - NME
- Lindsay Lohan may be headed back to court, but this time it's by choice: she's suing Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Pitbull—the songwriter's of the latter's hit "Give Me Everything"—over a disparaging lyrics that mentions Lohan by name. - Billboard
The latest music videos
Radiohead, Live on From the Basement (full 57-minute performance):
Red Hot Chili Peppers, "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie":
Lady Gaga, "You and I":
Bon Iver, "Holocene":
The Decemberists, "Calamity Song" (directed by Michael Schur):
Tori Amos, "Carry":
Low, "Especially Me":
Mastodon, "Curl Of The Burl":
Chromeo, "When the Night Falls":
Moby, "Lie Down in Darkness":
The Naked and Famous, "The Sun" [NSFW]:
Fool's Gold, "Wild Window":
Against Me!, "Janie Jones" (Clash cover on A.V. Club's Undercover series):
In the studio / coming soon
- That strange but true collaborative album between Lou Reed and Metallica now has a title and a release date: Lulu, derived from the same German expressionist plays that inspired the silent film classic Pandora's Box, will be out November 1. There's also an official site.
- Not exactly the most prolific artist in the world, DJ Shadow hasn't released a proper album since 2006. But The Less You Know, the Better arrives September 27 on Verve, and Pitchfork has an interview with Shadow about the new album. You can also listen to a track from the album there.
- Brian Wilson's next album will be a collection of Disney songs. In the Key of Disney is out October 25, and features the former Beach Boy reinterpreting classics like "You've Got a Friend in Me" and "Whistle While You Work." USA Today talks to Wilson about the project, while Pitchfork has the tracklisting.
- Singer Kelly Clarkson returns with her fifth album Stronger on October 25, almost a year after it was originally expected. MTV has the details.
- Pearl Jam has released the tracklist to the upcoming two-disc soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. The set, due September 20, is filled with previously unreleased tracks and live recordings; get the listing at Pop & Hiss.
- Horror-punk band The Misfits will release The Devil's Rain, their first album of new material in over a dozen years, on October 4. Don't expect Glenn Danzig to be on the album, though. - Rolling Stone
- Andrew Bird's score to the upcoming indie film Norman will be featured on the soundtrack album released October 11 on Mom + Pop. The disc will also include tracks by Wolf Parade and Chad VanGaalen. - Pitchfork
- On last year's Scratch My Back 67, Peter Gabriel covered tracks by some of his favorite artists. On October 11, Gabriel will cover his own back catalogue instead. New Blood features orchestral reinterpretations of songs like "Red Rain," "Solsbury Hill," and "In Your Eyes," while a deluxe 2-CD edition includes a set of instrumentals. A concert DVD follows on October 25.
- On September 20, Wavves will release Life Sux, a self-produced, self-released six-track EP featuring collaborations with members of Fucked Up and Best Coast. - Pitchfork
- Garbage really is recording that comeback album they promised at the beginning of the year. They've posted new clips of their recording sessions on the band's Facebook page.
- Not only does rapper Game have a new album (the long-delayed R.E.D. Album) out this week, but he's already back in the studio with producer Mars working on his next LP. - HipHop DX
- On November 8, Cass McCombs (and Domino) will release Humor Risk, his second album of 2011 (following Wit's End 74). Get a few details, and a free MP3, at Stereogum.
- French Montana has recorded a collaborative album with Waka Flocka Flame; Lock Out could hit stores in as few as five weeks. - HipHop DX
- Oneohtrix Point Never returns with Replica, an electronica album based around TV commercial samples, on November 8. More details at Pitchfork.
- The alt-country band Deer Tick returns with their fourth album Divine Providence, out October 25 on Partisan Records. Get a free MP3 from the album.
- Yelawolf's debut album Radioactive has been delayed from September 27 to October 25, reports HipHop DX. The emcee discussed the album last week with Rolling Stone.
- Aaron Lewis, the frontman for Staind, discusses the recording of the band's upcoming self-titled album (due September 13) with Billboard.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Ryan Adams kicks off his solo acoustic tour October 11 in San Diego; Pitchfork has the first batch of dates.
- Crooked Fingers have over 20 dates lined up, beginning at the end of October; find them at Prefix.
- Rapper J. Cole has scheduled nearly four months of dates around the world in support of his upcoming debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, due September 27. Get the dates at Prefix.
- Jay-Z and Kanye west have added dates to their Watch the Throne tour. - Consequence of Sound
- Psych-rock band Dr. Dog has scheduled 11 November dates to go along with a handful of performances in August and September. The group also has a new album due in early 2012. - Paste
- Aloe Blacc has a small tour planned for September and October; dates at Prefix.
- Public Enemy will perform their 1990 album Fear of a Black Planet in its entirety at the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival in New Jersey (Sep. 30 - Oct. 2); Pitchfork has more details about the festival.
- The current lineup of The Misfits have a fall tour lined up to support their upcoming new album (see above); Rolling Stone has the dates.